November 02, 2022
Dear Jacinda – we need to feed the kids!
Food inflation is at a 30 year high.
First time home buyers are facing rapidly skyrocketing mortgages.
Renters are being pushed to the brink.
More children are living in cars than we recorded in 2017 when Labour first came to Government.
27 000 are on emergency housing wait lists.
Our truancy rates are soaring.
It’s time to feed the kids Prime Minister.
Free nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every school with enough funding to facilitate community and school gardens to build community food resilience is what is called for as these problems become more pressing.
This funding would provide resource for local solutions and empowers communities to gain a level of self reliance.
Parents should be encouraged to gain part time work for helping to serve and grow food while enabling schools to be community education programs after hours and resourced with direct access to social services.
There are many pressures upon global capitalism right now, most we have little control over. The stresses and strains on our economy are being mirrored in our wider society every week in domestic violence, mental health and crime.
We urgently need big ideas to deal with the current level of damage our communities are already struggling with.
The poorest always get hit hardest meaning Māori, Pacifica, beneficiaries, renters and the disabled are the first to be hurt by any economic recession.
Free breakfasts and lunches would remove a huge weekly cost to struggling parents while building food security resilience in every school.
The window to being this bold is closing.
Editor – TheDailyBlog.nz